tevere: Kobe Bryant in a ridiculous white hood (Kobe)
I am not a team player. The thought of team sports makes me break out in hives. In the thirteen years I've been with The Boy, I've managed to remain completely, blissfully, ignorant about the sport around which his family revolves. And yet when [personal profile] thefourthvine suggested this Nike advertisement as a potential Yuletide source earlier in the year, I somehow couldn't resist. POC protagonists! Rivalry! Jealousy! Extreme competence! It's only a minute long, but somehow contains an entire world:

As [personal profile] thefourthvine correctly guessed (and I think [personal profile] toft suspected), my story was:

Winning is everything (because without it there's nothing) (9852 words) by Tevere
Fandom: This Is Where It Starts Commercial
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ben Watkins/Meng Ling
Summary: "It's a commercial, not a competition," Meng says. "The only person who cares how you play is you." He laughs. "Our job is just to look good. Can you do that, or are you too busy hating me?"

My Yuletide lesson this year was that one-minute fandoms are hard, yo. I couldn't really put my finger on the problem until I read this brilliantly insightful post on narrative tension (highly recommended!!) by [livejournal.com profile] supacat aka [livejournal.com profile] freece, whom you may know as the author of the utterly absorbing Captive Prince series. I'm so used to having complex, lengthy sources to leverage off as a source of narrative tension, not to mention characters that have distinct personalities. Squashing character development and something of a relationship into 10,000 words was... challenging, to say the least. To make it even more difficult there was also the whole basketball thing, Christ. Despite The Boy's best efforts, I still have no idea what a pick-and-roll actually looks like. On the other hand, I do now have strong opinions on the size of Dwight Howard's head in relation to his shoulders, Blake Griffin's performance at Jenga, whether or not Shane Battier could win Jeopardy!, if Dwyane Wade is the best-dressed man in the NBA, and if Kobe's Death Stare was the final nail in Mike Brown's coffin. -- Oh, and did I mention that this fandom takes place TWENTY YEARS IN THE FUTURE? I mean, sports science fiction, I can't even.

Anyway, given the time constraints of working around a screaming three month old baby, I'm tolerably satisfied with how it turned out. Thank you so much to [livejournal.com profile] supacat for her structural superpowers, [personal profile] isilya for sports-fandom cheerleading, [personal profile] kaneko for moral support, and [personal profile] the_grynne for expert advice on future!China. And, of course, to The Boy for endless technical advice, sending me all the best gossip links, and sharing fannish squee with me for the first time ever.
tevere: kunal pushing sam in a shopping trolley (shopping trolley)
I still haven't read as widely as I'd like, but a quick handful of recs in no particular order:

Macbeth, City & the City, Aubrey-Maturin series, Pushing Daisies, Skyfall, xkcd 1110 )
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Yay, not one, not two, but three amazing gifts! I always feel super-lucky to get more than one story (it's only happened once before), so this was just a delightful surprise.
On a Slow Boat (1393 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Looper (2012)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Old Joe (Looper), Joe (Looper)
Summary: Old Joe gathers his thoughts before going through with his plan. He still has a choice. Or does he?
It seems like so much care went into this story! It's perfectly tailored to my tastes: a life lived, choices made, repercussions to be faced, an imperfectly understood new culture, and-- of course!-- timey-wimey brain-bendiness. A great Joe voice. I enjoyed it a lot.
The Very Secret Diaries of Saint Augustine (1185 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 4th & 5th Century RPF, Confessions - Saint Augustine
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Saint Augustine/OFC
Characters: Saint Augustine, Saint Jerome
Summary: 404
Correspondence Jerome continues. Infuriating. Do not understand why he does not see my point! Translation of "gourd" vital to understanding of gospels.
SPORFLE. What it says on the tin. BUT BRILLIANTLY. One of the Yuletide standouts, clearly. Also, I finally got my Augustine story!! I forsee myself giggling inappropriately during my next re-read of Confessions.
Old Things in Need of Repair (1022 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Looper (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Summer Qing/Joe Simmons
Characters: Joe Simmons, Summer Qing
Summary: Summer Qing learned early to love old things. She also learned early to love dangerous things.
I was pretty cut when made my requests this year and belatedly realised that Old Joe's wife wasn't a nominated character. And now some generous anon gifted me with a backstory for her, which is just lovely.

As for the story I wrote... well, like everyone else I guess I feel my story is super-recognisably mine, but I also know that finding a friend's story in the archive these days is like finding a needle in a haystack. (Still proud of myself for guessing a [personal profile] kaneko story one year within the first couple of paragraphs!) Not offering anything for a correct guess, but like all my previous Yuletides bar one, it involves Asia and food.
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Wtf, I thought it was due on the 22nd? And now I see it's due on the 20th? THAT IS ELEVEN DAYS AWAY. I don't even have a finished first draft! And The Boy is away for the next two weeks (although fortunately to a country featured in my story! I have prepared him with a list of things to eat for research!), which means I have even less time for writing than usual. OH CHRIST.

Here, have something else panic-inducing: giant catfish that catch and eat pigeons. Is that like something out of a horror movie, or what?


Oct. 28th, 2012 06:22 pm
tevere: kunal practically about to kiss sam (kunal)
So, Yuletide! I thought I wouldn't participate this year, owing to my new full-time job of tending to the screaming little potato-head that recently fell into my possession, but in the end I signed up with a hyper-conservative list of offers that I feel fairly confident I can manage. I had a terrible time last year due to a misjudged offer, the super-short timeframe, being in the middle of an interstate move, starting a new job, taking two international trips, and suffering what I thought was the most epic case of PMS, but was in fact the beginnings of the aforementioned potato-head. I figured if I can survive all of that, this year should be just dandy. (Remind me of this foolhardiness in a month!) I'm a bit sad I missed nominations since I've been obsessed with Camille Harp's femslashy cover of Springsteen's 'I'm On Fire' ever since [personal profile] thefourthvine mentioned it earlier this year, but I've fortunately been able to recycle some much-wanted, unfulfilled requests from previous years. I always enjoy stickybeaking other people's letters, so here's mine with requests for Dostana, Looper, 4th & 5th Century RPF (St Augustine) and Pu Songling's Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio.

Are you doing Yuletide this year? Do you have a letter? Link me to yours!
tevere: neha has both the boys (OT3)
Dear Yuletider!

Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time and effort to create something for me! I'm easy to please, and my prompts are, of course, completely optional. I just wrote them in case you, like me, prefer to have a few jumping-off points rather than a completely blank slate to work from. I'll appreciate and be grateful for anything you produce in the fandom we've matched on, but if you're interested in further details about me:

I like:
- slash, het or gen
- gritty realism
- intense emotions
- AUs, retellings, subversions
- complicated relationships
- slow-build romances
- ambiguous moralities
- adult characters with adult problems
- bittersweetness
- extreme competence

I'm not so into:
- torture
- sexual violence
- embarrassment/humiliation
- sex involving bodily fluids
- werewolf or vampire AUs
- complete nihilism

Dostana (2008): Sam, Kunal, Neha )

Liáo zhâi zhì yì | Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio - Pú Sônglíng: Any )

Looper (2012): Joe, Old Joe )

4th & 5th Century RPF: Saint Augustine )

Thank you! ♥

Yuletide, previously...

2008 (30 Rock, Jarhead, St Augustine's Confessions, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
2009 (East West 101, One Thousand and One Nights, Generation Kill, Flight of the Conchords)
2011 (Casino Royale, The Company series - Kage Baker, Dostana, The Wire)
tevere: ray making 'facepalm' gesture (facepalm)
Not surprisingly, considering my advanced state of jetlag when I signed up for Yuletide, I made what nearly turned out to be a fatal miscalculation: "Why, I'll just make offers in all the fandoms I'd be delighted to receive a story in!"


It's one thing to enjoy a Bollywood film as a cultural outsider, and another thing entirely-- as a cultural outsider-- to attempt to write an insider-perspective of two desi characters interacting with each other. Two Yuletides ago I wrote the Snake Agent story This Sweet and Bitter Orange Mood, which is set in a fantasy Singapore that's a lot like 1960s Hong Kong, and I remember how I could hear the characters-- I could make a reasonable guess at what they'd say and how they'd say it (and in which dialect), how they viewed the world, how they conveyed their understandings of belonging and not-belonging. Scratch all of that this time around. Not only could I not hear the characters (a problem exacerbated by the fact that they speak Hindi), I had barely any understanding of their cultural context. It was actually quite a distressing experience, because it's not like I wanted to be faily, but I didn't have the capacity not to be (nor the time to do the research that might have remedied that). Call it Yuletide karma for that time I bitched about how Snake Agent doesn't properly represent Chinese culture.

I nearly ended up defaulting, but the Yuletide gods were merciful to my recipient and I somehow managed to enlist the endlessly generous [personal profile] azuire to, essentially, co-write the story with me. Everything that's right about it is due to her efforts, and everything that feels off is solely my fault. [personal profile] azuire, I can't thank you enough! I also owe [personal profile] dhobikikutti for her valuable input and advice-- thank you, Kutti.

Anyway, if you haven't seen Dostana, you're missing out-- it's a delightful romp based on the Pretending to Be Gay trope, and I like it a lot. If you're interested, my introduction post (with pretty pictures!) is here. The sequel is due out this year, but-- hmm, I honestly suspect the only place this franchise can go is downhill.

a glorious white sand beach, light green sea, with a limestone island in the centre of the frame
Krabi Province, Thailand. Ironically, I found out after I'd written the story that this is where 'Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai' was actually filmed.

When the Lamps are Lighted (4077 words)
Fandom: Dostana (2008)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kunal Chauhan/Sameer Acharya
Summary: Maybe this is their love story.
tevere: ray making 'facepalm' gesture (facepalm)
So, pretty much since Yuletide started, I have:

- been to a wedding in Bangladesh
- had a work trip to Indonesia
- moved house (interstate)
- unpacked everything singlehandedly
- spent a day buying, having delivered, and assembling Ikea furniture
- planned, dug and planted a garden for our new household
- helped my flatmates host numerous Christmas parties, despite said flatmates being Jewish and Hindu
- hosted my parents-in-law while my husband was away on his own work trip

And I'm only halfway through my Yuletide story, which is in a fandom it's actually not possible for me to write due to lack of knowledge and lack of time to research. I know, it's my own fault for offering it and not thinking through the consequences, but:

tevere: kunal pushing sam in a shopping trolley (shopping trolley)
Dear Yuletider!

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to write for me. I missed last year's Yuletide, so I'm stoked to be participating again this year. I always have a fabulous time reading and writing, and I have absolutely no doubts it'll be the same this year. Yay, Yuletide!!

Secondly, apologies times a million for my terrible prompts-- I dashed them off on about two hours of sleep and a wicked case of jetlag, and my brain wasn't exactly fully functional. I didn't mean to have them sound quite so much like a set of obnoxious take-home exam questions! Just to be clear, the questions are simply aspects of the canon and characterisations that pique my curiosity-- I'm certainly not asking for a story that gives a literal answer to everything in the prompt. I do really love detailed character studies, but I'd rather you write something that you want to write, so please just run with whatever excites you.

Things I like

I'm a sucker for really intense, involved fiction: big ideas, bitter consequences, a sense of the epic, gut-wrenching emotion, irony, bittersweet but hopeful endings. I love gritty realism, complicated morality, ethical dilemmas, examinations of power and privilege, and the juxtaposition of the personal and the global. I also particularly enjoy thinking about social systems and structures: what external forces influence and shape our characters, constrain their choices, inform their perspectives? To what extent can they be held accountable for their own actions, biases, mistakes?

[Nb: If you've matched me on Dostana, the above doesn't really apply-- Dostana for me is a sunshine-and-puppies source that just makes me happy, dammit *g*. I'd still love realism and super-intense emotions, but ideally paired with an unequivocally happy ending. My 'Omg I love Dostana so much!!1!' post is here.]

As you've probably gleaned from my prompts, I generally gravitate towards M/M slash and gen fiction. That said, I'm a pretty easy sell on hetero relationships (e.g. Bond/M) if that's where you really want to go-- particularly if there are subverting elements such as gender-bending, inverted power dynamics, or where someone turns out to be something other than expected.

Genres I particularly like are what-if stories, fix-its, AUs, missing scenes, character studies, and star-crossed romances. I also adore robots, but I'm aware that 'more robots!!' is probably only a good idea for one out of my four requests, and a neutral-to-disastrous idea for the other three *g*.

Things I don't like

I have a lot of difficulty reading stories that contain gratuitous or uncontextualised violence and/or death. That's not to say I won't read stories that contain violence; I just need it to be dealt with sensitively and realistically.

My pretty much unbreakable squick is torture-- I can't read explicit descriptions of it, and even offscreen (or offhand) mentions of it make me desperately uncomfortable. This includes common action-movie tropes like shooting people in the kneecaps to get them to cooperate, breaking fingers, police brutality, that kind of thing. (Exception: if you're writing The Wire, a measure of police brutality I can take-- as long as it's congruent with the tone of the show, and necessary for plot or character development.)

I'm generally not wild about crossovers or fusions, but hey: if it's something you're passionate about I'm sure you could convince me *g*.

Yuletide, previously...

2008 (30 Rock, Jarhead, St Augustine's Confessions, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
2009 (East West 101, One Thousand and One Nights, Generation Kill, Flight of the Conchords)

(For reference: my requests!)

Casino Royale, Kage Baker's Company series, Dostana, The Wire )
tevere: Jihae, solemn with hint of smile (Default)
Currently back in Saigon after a few days in central Vietnam-- more on that later!

So, for Yuletide this year I wrote a story for Liz Williams' Inspector Chen series: This Sweet and Bitter Orange Mood, which is about Inari finding her way home. I want to give special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] the_grynne for her super-speedy help and beta services, and to [livejournal.com profile] bantha_fodder for reading my initial draft and pointing me in the right direction!

I don't think the series is that well-known, and the only place I've ever seen any of the books in a bookshop is in New Zealand-- I had to resort to Amazon to buy the first in the series, 'Snake Agent'. The premise is fabulous: a world in which the Heaven and Hell of traditional Chinese belief are real, their demons and deities coexisting with the human world. Inspector Chen Wei forms a reluctant (and mildly slashy) partnership with his counterpart from Hell's Vice Division, Zhu Irzh, to solve supernatural mysteries and occasionally rescue Chen's demon wife, Inari, from Hell's clutches.

That said-- with no criticism intended of my Yuletide recipient, or of other fans of the series (including those who left wonderful, thoughtful feedback on my story), I have to say: as a mixed-race member of the Chinese diaspora, I find the series deeply, deeply frustrating. Don't get me wrong: I love the idea of fiction based on Chinese mythology, traditional beliefs and religion-- it's what made me hunt down the series in the first place and start reading with such glee. Fantasy novels! Set in Asia! About Chinese people!

...Except, as it turns out, not so much about Chinese people. I mean, I get it: it's hard to write characters from a culture you're not familiar with. But what really hurts me-- what makes me boggle-- is the fact that while the author has freely borrowed from Chinese myths and beliefs and religion (and again: fine with that!), she has clearly chosen not to make the effort to write characters who think, act, or even live in the same physical and cultural environment as actual Chinese people.

It hurts me, and it makes me angry, that when writing about us an author can so thoughtlessly overwrite our food and replace it with her own (kale, chocolate, chowder); who can replace our cultural and pop-culture references with her own (repeated references to dated American TV shows-- to the exclusion of any references to Asian literature or media); our language with her own (characters explicitly searching for and using Western proverbs and sayings, when Chinese equivalents exist); our names with those of her own creation (why use keymash constructions when Chinese demons traditionally have Chinese names, e.g. Yan Luo, Meng Po); who can randomly insert elements from other Asian cultures into a supposedly Chinese narrative (why does Zhu carry a katana rather than a jian?); who replaces our own bureaucracies with foreign structures and concepts (SWAT units, guilds, Seneschal, American police ranks e.g. Captain Su Sung); and who blithely makes statements that are just factually wrong and/or culturally inappropriate (Chen telling Ma that Hell is called the Yellow Springs because it's named after an actual yellow spring; "Little Pearl Tang, trussed like a sacrificial chicken"; "The thought of Tang's freedom chafed him like a yak-hair shirt").

Perhaps, with the feelings I have towards the canon, I shouldn't have offered this fandom in the first place. But at the same time-- isn't fanfiction the chance to at least try and make some things right again? I hope my Yuletide recipient enjoyed the story anyway, regardless of why I chose to write it.

If you are a fan of the series, or read it in the future, please just be aware that while it is a story about Asian characters (which is always fabulous to see in fiction, especially fantasy and sci-fi), those characters are seen very much through a white, Western, American lens. [ETA: Apparently she's British, which makes the constant Americanisms perplexing as well as infuriating.]

If you like Chinese tales of the supernatural, I love Pu Songling's classic Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. These tiny old-school stories are touching, perverse, instructional, and often have a surprisingly frank eroticism-- two of my favourites are the tale of a relationship between a young male fox-spirit and a human scholar, and a delightful and tender threesome story about a man who accidentally marries both a ghost and a fox-girl.

If you like Chinese crime series, I like Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen series (yes, confusing; there are two Inspector Chens). These are smart, political crime novels set in Shanghai, and Qiu's modern verse translations of Tang and Song dynasty poems (scattered throughout) are wonderful. [ETA: [personal profile] bravecows also thinks The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Liang looks good.]

ETA: For YA fantasy based on Chinese myths and legends, [personal profile] jonquil recommends Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, and [personal profile] holyschist recommends Laurence Yep's Dragon of the Lost Sea series. [personal profile] jhameia recommends giving A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts by Ying Chang Compestine a try, if you don't mind some horror and gore, and [personal profile] starlady says she loves Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (for the somewhat younger crowd).

Happy new year!
tevere: Jihae, solemn with hint of smile (Default)
For once being in the opposite timezone to the US is an advantage: I can browse the archive freely while (most of) the rest of you are asleep! Mwahaha.

Here are some things whut I have particularly enjoyed so far:

The Green Prawn - District 9. Perspectives on the odd prawn.

Made the Lord God to Grow - Near Eastern Mythology, Bible (Old Testament). Yahweh at the beginning.

Telemachies - The Odyssey. Telemachus, in the style of Samuel Beckett?

Complete Blank - Grosse Pointe Blank. Martin and Debi get married. Absolutely delightful.

It's Just the Way the Game is Played - The Wire. Bodie!

No Place for a Street Fighting Man - Generation Kill. Doc Bryan goes to med school. Amazing voices.

It's The Thought That Counts - Harold and Kumar. YES!!

A Room With a View - Temeraire. Perscitia and Kitty Wellington.
tevere: Jihae, solemn with hint of smile (Default)

I really, really didn't want to be finishing and uploading my story in Bali. But unless I finish this sucker tomorrow--

tevere: Jihae, solemn with hint of smile (Default)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

The best way of making me happy is to find a story that you love, and then just write it. We already share a tiny (or, ahem, possibly medium-sized) fandom; to me, that's enough of a gift.

That said, if you're interested in optional details... )
tevere: Jihae, solemn with hint of smile (Default)
I handed in my resignation on Friday, it's a long weekend, and I'm sitting outside on a bright blowy day just enjoying being surrounded by the mad rattle of leaves and dancing hibiscuses and glimpses of whitecaps out on the water. It reminds me of Australia, actually: the clarity of the light and colours and the feeling of having one's head emptied out and filled up by the sounds of a lively natural landscape.

So, you know, life is pretty good right now.

Here are some other things currently adding to my cheer:

1. No-knead bread. It actually works! Fancy elastic bread with big holes in it, perfect for toasting, and probably the best (and least stressful) bread that's ever come out of my kitchen. But the recipe calls for instant yeast, so if you're using normal dry yeast then use at least a teaspoon (I used a tablespoon, but that was probably paranoia-induced overkill) and activate it in water beforehand.

2. White Collar. After an initial period of resistance I finally caved and watched the first two episodes, and it's just delightful eye-candy fun. Although I was disappointed that spoiler )

3. Mooncups. I first heard about these little gizmos right here on my flist, but it never occurred to me to use one until I moved here. The thing about Dili is that there's no regular rubbish disposal mechanism; what you do is dump your rubbish in a concrete receptacle on your street, where it's progressively reduced by ragpickers, pigs, dogs, chickens and eventually the government sanitation crew, who cart the remnants to a rubbish dump at the top of a hill (which then promptly washes down into the sea, where it's trapped inside the reef until an unusually high tide). You can probably tell where I'm going with this, but-- yeah, one of the most common sights in Dili is one of those shifty yellow dogs trotting along with something in its mouth: a used nappy or sanitary pad, which it then half-eats and leaves by the side of the road. You think the idea of a silicon menstrual cup is gross? Try accidentally stepping on someone else's sanitary pad and tell me that. Anyway-- I was raised to think tampons are gross and unnatural (I think it's an Asian-mother thing, since women in Indonesia and Timor think the same), so if I can adapt to the weirdness of an insert-y type thing, so can you. PS: CHANGED MY LIFE.

4. Yuletide! I'm surprised Generation Kill made it in, to be honest-- I feel like we're almost a mid-sized fandom now. I think this year I'm going to focus on the truly eeny fandoms-- i.e. not GK or SCC, but we'll see.

Separately-- I'm kind of idly contemplating remixing 'Sixteen Days' to make it original fiction, sort of as a side project for next year. It may not be the book I ever thought I'd write, but I figure if I wait for the Great Australian Novel I may be waiting a while-- and if I already have half a book then why the hell not, you know? The thought of the research is making my head spin, though. Handwaving is all very well and good in fandom, but-- omg, characters from Senegal and Algeria and Bangladesh and historical fiction, WHYYY.
tevere: Jihae, solemn with hint of smile (Default)
Just dashing in from Windy Wellington (this is a Kiwi summer? What. WHAT.) to say that I wrote Tell Me How This Ends (Sarah Connor Chronicles, gen), which I reckon must be the fruitcake of Yuletide stories: large, heavy, and nearly impossible to digest *g*. But I had a good first Yuletide experience, and I hope you all did too!
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If you're reading this, just a quick note to say that I'm going to be travelling over the Christmas and New Year period. While I'll undoubtably have time to get on the internet, it just may not be the minute the archive opens. I promise I'll eagerly read your story at the first available opportunity!

ALSO OMG I JUST UPLOADED. My relief has no words. It was actually the longest piece of fanfiction I've ever finished, and definitely one of the hardest. Can have real life back nao pls?
tevere: Jihae, solemn with hint of smile (Default)
SCC this week was really bloody awesome, which was a welcome return to form after a kind of lackluster previous episode (in this it mirrors SPN, which regained my trust with that knockout Halloween episode). More thoughts on SCC later, since I don't anticipate my R&R in Darwin will be filled with anything more pressing than reading the weekend newspaper and catching up on downloaded episodes of SYTYCD.

Also: YULETIDE, YAY! This is my first Yuletide ever, previous years being filled with exams, starting a new job, moving overseas, or a combination of all three. I'm ridiculously excited.

I'm kind of prevaricating over whether or not to wander over to the US Embassy at lunchtime to watch the US election results. On the one hand, this means a lot to many of my friends. On the other, the direct impact on my own life is pretty minimal. Also: if I hear any US politician say 'The US is the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD' ever again with absolutely zero irony, I may have an undiplomatic response.

And what about the poor New Zealanders? They're having an election soon, too, you know!

Choices, choices.
tevere: Jihae, solemn with hint of smile (Default)
St Augustine.

RPF or book fandom??


After much hand-wringing and comparisons with Anthony Swofford (he of Jarhead fame), I'm guessing the best fit is actually Confessions as a book category (downside to this: neither Augustine's mistress nor his boyfriend childhood friend are given names in the narrative, though we do know the mistress's name from other sources). But I only came to this realisation AFTER I submitted my nomination with a new category of RPF - Christian Saints, so now I feel like an idjit.


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